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    How to tell when a wheel is worn out

    I have been wondering how you tell when an aluminum wheel is worn out. Is there a measurement or is it just by looks? I got some used wheels, 700c road wheels, and they have very light grooving on the braking surface, but they spin true.
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    Light grooves are usually no big deal. Make sure the grooves are not manufatured-in to act as brake-surface wear indicators. If the grooves occurred while on your bike I would suggest checking and cleaning or replacing your brake pads to ensure debris is not causing further damage.

    I would say that as long as the rim sidewalls feel pretty flat they are OK. When rims get worn out they generally have a concave profile that you can feel with your hand.

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    "very light grooving" sounds like you're looking at a machined braking surface. All aluminum wheels that are meant to be used with rim brakes should have that.

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    Thanks for the info. I'll give them a close look when I get home.
    This is my bicycle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My bicycle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my bicycle is useless. Without my bicycle, I am useless. I must ride my bicycle true. I must ride faster than my enemy, who is trying to drop me. I must drop him before he drops me. I will.

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